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Thursday April 27, 2023
7:30 AM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the progression of spring bird migration. These outdoor surveys begin at 7:30 AM. Meet outside the visitor center. After a brief introduction, we’ll head out on the trails. Beginners are always welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be canceled.

10:00 AM
Location  Online / Virtual

Turkey season opens up May 1 throughout New York State (excluding NYC and Nassau County).  Please join us to learn more about new changes to turkey hunting regulations and important hunter safety reminders before you go afield this spring.

2:00 PM
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Location  Online / Virtual

Public Webinar Series on Extreme Heat and Climate Change in New York State

Topics Include Impacts of Extreme Heat and State Actions to Help Communities Prepare and Adapt

Outreach Efforts Advance Directive to Develop a Statewide Extreme Heat Action Plan and Help Ensure Equitable Distribution of Extreme Heat-Related Information and Resources

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced an upcoming public webinar series on the ways extreme heat is impacting New York State. As part of the 2022 State of the State directive and interim recommendations, work is underway to help New Yorkers and communities better understand and prepare for the impacts of extreme heat, including opportunities to learn about solutions for adapting to and forming partnerships to address extreme heat.

Extreme heat is a leading cause of death among hazardous weather events in the United States. Extreme heat affects the health and well-being of communities and individuals across New York State. The impacts of extreme heat are more severe due to climate change, with disproportionately greater impacts experienced by heat-vulnerable populations, urban areas, and disadvantaged communities.

This webinar series is part of DEC and NYSERDA's ongoing development of an extreme heat action plan in response to the increased frequency and intensity of extreme heat events caused by climate change. DEC and NYSERDA started convening the Extreme Heat Action Plan Work Group last year. The work group includes more than 20 State agencies working together on immediate steps to address the dangers of extreme heat. The webinar series, hosted by DEC and NYSERDA in conjunction with the Extreme Heat Action Plan Work Group and University at Buffalo, will include presentations by a panel of subject matter experts on topics relevant to State and local planning for extreme heat events.

Webinars are open to the public. Registration is encouraged and available online or at one of the individual webinar registration links below. Webinars will be recorded and shared on DEC's website.

Webinar Schedule

Webinar #1

Extreme Heat and the Built Environment

Learn about extreme heat impacts on the built environment, from buildings to transportation infrastructure. Consider impacts across a variety of scales, from the neighborhood level to the regional level. The webinar will also explore what interventions are working to moderate these impacts for individuals and communities.

Date: April 27, 2023

Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration: Via WebEx

Expert Panel:

Dr. Mikhail Chester - Director of the Metis Center for Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University
Dr. Zoé Hamstead - Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Nicholas Rajkovich - Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo


Dr. Susan Clark - Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment and Sustainability at the University at Buffalo

4:30 PM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. We’ll meet in front of the visitor center to head out on an adventure. Each week will have a different theme and will include time to explore. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity.

 For children in grades K–5 and their caregivers. 

Space is limited. Call 518-475-0291 by the Monday prior to register. 

5:00 PM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

 Project WET (Water Education Today) is a hands-on curriculum developed specifically for teachers by teachers and experts in the field to teach students about water. During the workshop we’ll participate in some of the activities and discuss how they can be used to build an understanding of water and its impact in our lives. Curriculum guides (400-plus pages) are provided to participants for free. They contain interactive simulations and demonstrations that allow students to explore everything from physical properties and resource management to cultural connections. 

Registration is required. 
Participants must attend both evenings.
Call 518-475-0291 by Friday, April 21 to register or for more information.

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